Kitty Cookie

Josh and I adopted a cat from the Humane’s Society just before quarantine kicked in. She’s 10 years old and is a sweetheart. We named her Ursula after one of our favorite sci fi authors.

Today I knit up this cute little doughnut from the book Knits for Kitties.

I mixed in some catnip in with the stuffing. Ursula prefers toys that can be dragged so I added a little braid.

This is an easy pattern and has a lot of potential for customization.

Name: Desilu’s Donut
Pattern Source: Knits for Kitties
Craft: Knitting
Yarn: Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme Batik, Waffle Cone colorway
Needle Size: US 7/4.5 mm
Size: One size

New Wristwarmers

My last pair of fingerless gloves are currently in Taiwan. They’ll get mailed back to me eventually but in the meantime I’ve started a new pattern with this lovely yarn. I have two skeins which are 25% alpaca. These wristwarmers will be extra toasty. The color blend is utterly delightful as is its name-“Wicked Witch.”

The pattern is Spatterdash from Knitty. It’s a bit of a diva pattern because requires upmost concentration. Every time I take it to a knitting circle I inevitably have to tink back a row because I messed up. But if I’m knitting by myself the pattern zips along mistake free.

Cherry blossoms are blooming in Portland now so it looks like I’ll get these done just in time for the warmer temperatures of spring. Hail Eris!

Castor Oil Pack

Josh and I are officially settling into our new place in Portland. It’s good to be back. My fiber studio is slowly taking shape. First up was a simple sewing project. Castor oil has a lot of uses. But I was tired of soaking an old washcloth in it to make an oil pack. So I made a cloth one out of stash fabric.

This was a simple and quick project. I made the outer rectangles 8.5″ x 5.5″ and lined it with batting. Then I added three inner seams to compress the fabric and give it more maneuverability.

My friend Evi gave me a large plastic bin full of stash fabric as a welcome home gift. What a fabulous present!

In other news I scored this gem from a Facebook group:

I’ve wanted a Serger for years! This one was super cheap from a local woman who never grooved with it. The dust pile on the left is from sweeping out the lower region. Now that it’s cleaned I need to learn how to thread it. The ones at school were always pre-threaded so off to YouTube I go!

 

Big Eyed Fish

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I needed a new hat for our new life back in the States. This fish hat has been on my to make list for awhile. It gets compliments wherever I wear it!

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Josh brought me back most of the yarn from a trip to Norway. I’ve been keeping it in my stash for the perfect project. The fish lips make for perfect ear flaps.

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The color patterns were improvised. I wanted a more dramatic tail than the instructions called for so decreased more slowly to fan out the curves.

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Blocking this hat was fun. The eyes are made from a bath scrubbie and stash buttons.

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While in Boston we took a day trip to Salem. Pagans galore, cheesy witch tourism, great New Age stores and a Bewitched statue. It was a fun town and if life had played out differently I could see us living there.

Name: Big Eyed Fish
Pattern Source: Knitty
Craft: Knitting
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted-Kiwi, Trysil Garn Iglo-Wine Red, Trysil Garn Natur Tykt Helårsgarn-Light Blue, Ístex Léttlopi-Heaven Blue, Ístex Léttlopi-Lapis Blue
Needle Size: US 7/4.5 mm
Size: Custom

Upcycled PJs

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Upcycle sewing projects are so fun. This kaftan wasn’t my style but I loved the fabric. The length was perfect for pajama bottoms. I used an existing pair of PJs as a template.

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After sewing together the four pieces I put in an elastic waistband. The bottom of the pants were the bottom of the kaftan so the hem was already in place.

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They fit and feel great! Next up were PJs for Josh.

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I hemmed this fun PJ set for Josh and put in a new elastic waistband. The fabric is super soft and warm.

Next up is turning a robe into a purse. I’m on an upcycle roll!

Elf Booties

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I’ve wanted to make these booties for years. They’re a free Ravelry download and an enjoyable pattern.

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After felting I sewed non-slip suede bottoms to keep them extra warm. Now Josh and I have elf booties to keep our feet toasty this New England winter!

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One pair of booties took two wash cycles to felt while the other took three. Lamb’s Pride consistently felts well and Noro just felts up beautifully.

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Living abroad meant I had to downsize my needle collection so I didn’t have 6.5mm double pointed needles needed to make gauge. I decided to treat myself and bought these wooden metal tipped needles. They are a joy to work with.

Last month my friend Helen came to visit! She took us to an art and protest parade and we took her on a tour of Harvard. One huge perk of being Stateside again is seeing old friends.

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Name: Elf Booties
Pattern Source: Ravelry
Craft: Knitting, Felting
Yarn: Noro Kureyon, Lamb’s Pride Worsted
Needle Size: US 10.5/6.5 mm
Size: Custom

Birthday Knucks

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Josh and I have spent the summer and fall back in the States visiting friends and family. These Knucks were made for his sister’s birthday. They fit her great and now that the weather is cooler she wears them often.

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The yarn is from Josh’s wonderful gift of yarns he brought me back from Norway and Iceland. The pattern is Knucks from Knitty and may be the pattern I’ve knit most.

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Fingerless gloves make a great gift and don’t take too long to knit up.

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Name: Birthday Knucks
Pattern Source: Knucks
Craft: Knitting
Yarn: Trysil Garn Labbetuss Raggegarn
Needle Size: US 4/3.5 mm
Size: Women

Lotus Flowers

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Now that we’re back in the States I have time to knit again. My long term lotus flowers project reached a milestone. I’ve completed knitting the petals and have 149. Next up will be finding a lotus leaf pattern. I may tweak an existing pattern, much like I did with the petals.

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Eventually I’ll sew these all together in various groupings and they’ll float on a blue knit afghan. But first I’m working through my knitting stash. The yarn I currently have traveled with me to and back from Taiwan! This lotus project was inspired by the beautiful lotus ponds I frequently saw there.

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One thing I missed while overseas was having a full sized oven. I’m back to gluten free baking. The above chocolate chip cherry biscottis were delicious.